She Inspires Book Review for Book Lovers

When you love a good read one of the best presents is a book by your favourite author or all about your treasured hobby.

Books are inspiring, opens the worlds of possibilities, lets us escape and imagine something different to our every day. Going into a local, independent bookshop and picking out a stack of books is one of my favourite things to do so I hope our latest collection of books lights up your imagination and inspires some great unique gift ideas for the book lovers in your life!

Books to Inspire You

Our book reviews today include everything from novels to memiors to delicious cook books to thought provoking tales. I hope you enjoy perusing them as much as I have in bringing them together for you.

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Novels

Love Letters

A Rose Harbor Novel

By Debbie Macomber

RRP $32.99

Rose Harbor Inn welcomes a new set of guests who are each touched by a series of love letters. For Ellie Reynolds, a shy 27-year-old finally ready to take charge of her life, it's a letter from a man who reconnects her with the father she can't remember, and opens the doors for new love.

For Maggie Porter, embarking on the first vacation alone with her husband since their children were born, it takes a love letter written by Roy when they were just beginning their courtship to remind them of what's important and help them rekindle an old flame.

And for Jo Marie Rose, revisiting a letter from her husband Paul who was killed in battle in Afghanistan gives her the blessing she needs to see a new future for the first time since he went missing in action. In this heartwarming story, the inn once again proves to be a place of comfort and healing to those who visit, and for the inn's most endearing keeper.

About the Author


Debbie Macomber (born October 22, 1948 in Yakima, Washington) is a best-selling American author of over 150 romance novels and contemporary women's fiction.

Over one hundred million copies of her books are in print throughout the world, and one, This Matter of Marriage, became a made-for-tv-movie in 1998. Macomber was the inaugural winner of the fan-voted Quill Award for romance in 2005 and has been awarded a Romance Writers of America RITA Award.


Lucky Us

By Amy Bloom

RRP $27.99

A thrilling and resonant novel from the author of Away, about loyalty, ambition, and the pleasures and perils of family, set in 1940s America. 

When Eva's mother abandons her on Iris's front porch, the girls don't seem to have much in common - except, they soon discover, a father. 

Thrown together with no mothers to care for them and a father who could not be considered a parent, Iris and Eva become one another's family. 

Iris wants to be a movie star; Eva is her sidekick. 

Together, they journey across 1940s America from scandal in Hollywood to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island, stumbling, cheating and loving their way through a landscape of war, betrayals and big dreams. 

About the Author


Amy Bloom is the author of three collections of stories, Where the God of Love Hangs Out (published by Granta Books), Come to Me and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, and two novels: Away,(published by Granta Books) and Love Invents Us. She is the University Writer in Residence at Wesleyan University.

Mothers Grimm

By Danielle Wood

RRP $27.95

A sly, cheeky and blackly comic novel about mothering, heartache, heartbreak, desire, love and death. 

'Danielle Wood has turned four well-known fairy tales inside out and upside down, shaking out their secrets in order to illuminate the hidden fears and desires of four very modern women. Psychologically acute and mordantly witty, the stories in 'Mothers Grimm' unsettle the reader with their too-close-to-the-bone truths one moment, and cause a wry smile of recognition the next.' Kate Forsyth, bestselling author of Bitter Greens

You make deals with God. You make deals with the Devil. You're not fussy. But as a wise man once said: "It's the saying you don't care what you get what gets you jiggered." So you say it, and you're jiggered, but what you give birth to is a hedgehog. It's prickly and its cry is a noise so terrible that you wish someone would scrape fingernails on a blackboard to give you some relief.

In a fairytale, the only good mother is six feet under. All the others are bad news.

A fairytale mother will exchange her first-born child for a handful of leafy greens. And if times get tough, she'll walk her babes into the woods and leave them there.

But mothers of today do no such things. Do they?

In this collection of heart-breakingly honest stories, the mothers of the Brothers Grimm are brought - with wit, subversiveness and lyrical prose - into the here and now.

Danielle Wood turns four fairytales on their heads and makes them exquisitely her own. 

About the Author


Danielle Wood was born in Hobart in 1972. Danielle has an arts degree from the University of Tasmania, and a PhD from Edith Cowan University. She has worked as a journalist, as a producer with ABC Radio, and as a media officer for Tasmania's Parks and Wildlife Service. 

Bones Never Lie

Temperance Brennan Series : Book 17

by Kathy Reichs

RRP $32.99

The gripping new Temperance Brennan novel from the world-class forensic anthropologist and Number 1 bestselling author Kathy Reichs. Tempe is faced with the horrifying possibility that the killer who got away in Monday Mourning is back... 

For a decade, Temperance Brennan has been haunted by the one who got away. 

The killer of young women. The monster. 

And the one who has now come back. 

Feeding on fear, grief and rage. 

Killing again. Killing girls. 

Getting closer. 

Coming for Tempe. 

About the Author


From teaching FBI agents how to detect and recover human remains, to separating and identifying commingled body parts in her Montreal lab, as one of only seventy-seven forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, Dr Kathy Reichs has brought her own dramatic work experience to her mesmerising forensic thrillers. For years she consulted to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina, and continues to do so for the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Québec. Kathy Reichs has travelled to Rwanda to testify at the UN Tribunal on Genocide, and helped exhume a mass grave in Guatemala. As part of her work at JPAC she aided in the identification of war dead from World War II, Korea, and Southeast Asia. 

Kathy Reichs has served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and is currently a member of the National Police Services Advisory Board in Canada. She is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A native of Chicago, she now divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal. 

Kathy Reichs's first novel Déjà Dead catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller, a Sunday Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. All eleven of her novels have been international bestsellers. She is also a producer of the chilling hit TV series Bones. She has written sixteen bestsellers featuring Dr Temperance Brennan, the most recent being Bones of the Lost and Bones are Forever. She has also written three bestsellers featuring Tory Brennan: ViralsSeizure and Code.

Adultery

by Paul Coelho

RRP $29.99

This is Linda's story. 

She's lucky. She knows that. 

It's what makes being unhappy even worse. 

Her friends advise taking medication. But Linda wants to feel more, not less. 

A meeting with a politician, and ex-boyfriend, reawakens a side of her that she - respectable wife, devoted mother and ambitious journalist - thought had disappeared. She embarks on a relationship that is addictive, dangerous and undeniably exciting. But the consequences are far-reaching . . . 

Provocative and profound, Adultery is about discovering passion in the life you live and learning what it means to be free. 

About the Author


One of the most influential writers of our time, Paulo Coelho is the author of many international bestsellers, including The AlchemistAlephEleven Minutes and The Pilgrimage. Translated into 74 languages, his books have sold more than 140 million copies in more than 170 countries. He is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, and in 2007, he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

Golden Boys

By Sonya Hartnett

RRP $29.99

Sonya Hartnett's third novel for adults is perfectly formed and utterly compelling, an unflinching and disquieting work from one of Australia's finest writers. 

Colt Jenson and his younger brother Bastian live in a world of shiny, new things – skateboards, slot cars, train sets and even the latest BMX. Their affluent father, Rex, has made sure that they'll be the envy of the new, working-class suburb they've moved to. But underneath the surface of the perfect family, is there something unsettling about the Jensons? To the local kids, Rex becomes a kind of hero, but Colt senses there's something in his father that could destroy their fragile new lives.

'Hartnett does a wonderful job of depicting the sometimes brutal world of childhood that runs parallel to, and occasionally intersects with, the world of adults.' Books and Publishing 

Read Caroline Baum's Review

Colt and Bastian have all the coolest toys in the suburban neighbourhood they’ve just moved to. Bikes that make local boys envious, and a new swimming pool that’s a social magnet. But something makes it hard for the brothers to make friends and be accepted. Is it something to do with their dentist father Rex and his over-friendly manner? Freya, on the cusp of womanhood, does not think so. She thinks Rex is wonderful, even in his barbecue apron. She likes the way he’s a smiling father, not a drunk like her own dad. 

This is a deft, unsettling story that rumbles with menace like a distant electric storm. It’s a dark edgy tale of class, submerged and repressed desire, suburban rumours, marital disappointments and tensions, as fragile adolescents try on the postures of adulthood. 

About the Author


Sonya Hartnett's work has won numerous Australian and international literary prizes and has been published around the world. Uniquely, she is acclaimed for her stories for adults, young adults and children. Her accolades include the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Of A Boy), The Age Book of the Year (Of A Boy), the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize (Thursday's Child), the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for both Older and Younger Readers (Forest, The Silver Donkey, The Ghost's Child, The Midnight Zoo and The Children of the King), the Victorian Premier's Literary Award (Surrender), shortlistings for the Miles Franklin Award (for both Of a Boy and Butterfly) and the CILP Carnegie Medal (The Midnight Zoo). Hartnett is also the first Australian recipient of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (2008).

Mothers and Daughters

by Kylie Ladd

RRP $29.99

A clear-eyed, insightful and wildly entertaining look into the complicated, emotional world of mothers and their teenage daughters by the acclaimed author of Into My ArmsLast Summer and After the Fall.

Four mothers. Four teenage daughters.

An isolated tropical paradise with no internet or mobile phone reception.

What could possibly go wrong?

There's tension, bitchiness, bullying, sex, drunken confessions, bad behaviour and breakdowns - and wait till you see what the teenagers get up to...

How can we let our daughters go to forge lives of their own when what we most want to do is hold them close and never let them go? How do we let them grow and keep them protected from the dark things in the world at the same time? And how can mothers and daughters navigate the troubled, stormy waters of adolescence without hurting themselves and each other? 

A sure-fire hit from a writer who's been steadily building fans and critical acclaim and is ready to explode on to the bestseller lists.

'...a strong, intelligent, subtle and wise new voice...being compared with Christos Tsiolkas, Malcolm Knox and Helen Garner....' Booktopia 

About the Author


Kylie Ladd is a novelist and freelance writer. She has previously published three novels: After The Fall, Last Summer, which was Highly Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award for fiction, and Into My Arms, chosen as one of Get Reading's '50 books you can't put down' for 2013. With Leigh Langtree, she also edited the anthology Naked: Confessions of Adultery and Infidelity. Kylie holds a PhD in neuropsychology and lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children.

Perfidia

by James Ellroy


RRP $32.99


A new novel from Ellroy is always a publishing event. That Perfidia is the first volume of his 'Second L.A. Quartet' makes this publication even more exciting. 

It is December 6 1941. America stands at the brink of World War II. Last hopes for peace are shattered when Japanese squadrons bomb Pearl Harbor. Los Angeles has been a haven for loyal Japanese-Americans – but now, war fever and race hate grip the city and the Japanese internment begins.

The hellish murder of a Japanese family summons three men and one woman. William H. Parker is a captain on the Los Angeles Police. He's superbly gifted, corrosively ambitious, liquored-up and consumed by dubious ideology. He is bitterly at odds with Sergeant Dudley Smith – Irish émigré, ex-IRA killer, fledgling war profiteer. Kay Lake is a 21-year-old dilettante looking for adventure. Hideo Ashida is a police chemist and the only Japanese on the L.A. cop payroll. The investigation throws them together and rips them apart. The crime becomes a political storm centre that brilliantly illuminates these four driven souls – comrades, rivals, lovers, history's pawns.

Perfidia is a novel of astonishments. It is World War II as you have never seen it, and Los Angeles as James Ellroy has never written it before. Here, he gives us the party at the edge of the abyss and the precipice of America's ascendance. Perfidia is that moment, spellbindingly captured. It beckons us to solve a great crime that, in its turn, explicates the crime of war itself. It is a great American novel. 

Read Caroline Baum's Review

This is like having your head slammed against the wall while being frisked in an episode of The Wire set in LA in the forties. But in a good way.

The cast of characters in this seven hundred page crime epic tops ninety. We met some of them in earlier parts of Elroy’s first LA Quartet (which included Black Dahlia and LA Confidential). Others are from real life, including Bette Davis, Edgar J Hoover, Leonard Bernstein and Bob Hope. Beginning on the night of the attack on Pearl Harbour this is a sprawling panorama of corruption and conspiracy, told from four perspectives including that of Hideo Ashida, the only Japanese cop on the LAPD and a morally dubious woman called Kay Lake whose diary adds to the fugue-like layered texture of the narrative. 

Daunting, awesome in scale and complexity, this is messy, brutal, complicated, labyrinthine, bad-ass stuff from a writer who is still unrivalled in the genre. Its rhythms are jazzy, its sprawl and sweep disorientating and abstract but the furious virtuosic energy Ellroy charges his prose with exercises a magnetic pull that is hard to resist. You have to be up for it though: it’s a relentless rollercoaster into darkness that can leave the reader feeling as if they have been mugged. Ellroy asks his readers to work, hard, but the effort is richly rewarding for those brave souls who like their noir extra strength. 

About the Author


James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. He is the author of the acclaimed 'LA Quartet': The Black DahliaThe Big NowhereLA Confidential and White Jazz. His most recent novel, Blood's A Rover, completes the magisterial 'Underworld USA Trilogy' - the first two volumes of which (American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand) were both Sunday Times bestsellers.

J

by Howard Jacobson

RRP $32.99


A life-changing novel by one of Britain's greatest novelists, winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2010. 

Set in the future, a world where the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited, J is a love story of incomparable strangeness, both tender and terrifying.

Two people fall in love, not yet knowing where they have come from or where they are going. Kevern doesn't know why his father always drew two fingers across his lips when he said a world starting with a J. It wasn't then, and isn't now, the time or place to be asking questions. Ailinn too has grown up in the dark about who she was or where she came from. On their first date Kevern kisses the bruises under her eyes. He doesn't ask who hurt her. Brutality has grown commonplace. They aren't sure if they have fallen in love of their own accord, or whether they've been pushed into each other's arms. But who would have pushed them, and why?

Hanging over the lives of all the characters in this novel is a momentous catastrophe – a past event shrouded in suspicion, denial and apology, now referred to as What Happened, If It Happened.

J is a novel to be talked about in the same breath as Nineteen Eighty Four and Brave New World, thought provoking and life changing. It is like no other novel that Howard Jacobson has written. 

About the Author


Howard Jacobson won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse award in 2000 for The Mighty Walzer and then again in 2013 for Zoo Time. In 2010 he won the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question. He has written thirteen novels and five works of non-fiction.

Burn

by James Patterson

RRP $32.99

The seventh novel in James Patterson's bestselling series featuring Detective Michael Bennett 

Detective Michael Bennett finally returns to New York City – and to the most unsettling, horrific case of his career. 

At last, Detective Michael Bennett and his family are coming home to New York City. Thanks to Bennett, the ruthless crime lord whose vengeful mission forced the Bennett family into hiding has been brought down for good. 

Back in the city that never sleeps, Bennett takes over a chaotic Outreach Squad in Harlem, where he receives an unusual call: a man claims to have seen a group of well-dressed men holding a bizarre party in a condemned building. With no clear crime or evidence, Bennett dismisses the report. But when a charred body is found in that very same building, he is forced to take the caller seriously – and is drawn into an underground criminal world of terrifying depravity. 

About the Author


James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past decade - the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club and Detective Michael Bennett novels - and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. He lives in Florida with his wife and son. James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books specifically for young readers. James is a founding partner of Booktrust's Children's Reading Fund in the UK. In 2010, he was voted Author of the Year at the Children's Choice Book Awards in New York.

Hello from the Gillespies

By Monica McInerney

RRP $29.99


For more than thirty years, Angela Gillespie has sent friends and family around the world an end-of-the-year letter titled 'Hello from the Gillespies'. It's always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises herself – she tells the truth.

The Gillespies are far from the perfect family that Angela has made them out to be. Her husband is coping poorly with retirement. Her 32-year-old twins are having career meltdowns. Her third daughter, badly in debt, can't stop crying. And her ten-year-old son spends more time talking to his imaginary friend than to real ones.

Without Angela, the family would fall apart. But when Angela is taken from them in a most unexpected manner, the Gillespies pull together – and pull themselves together – in wonderfully surprising ways. 

About the Author


One of the stars of Australian fiction, Monica McInerney is the author of the internationally bestselling novels, A Taste for It, Upside Down Inside Out, Spin the Bottle, The Alphabet Sisters, Family Baggage, Those Faraday Girls and At Home with the Templetons. Those Faraday Girls was the winner of the General Fiction Book of the Year at the 2008 Australian Book Industry Awards. Her collection of short fiction, All Together Now, was shortlisted for the same award in 2009. At Home with the Templetons was shortlisted in the Popular Fiction category of the 2010 Irish Book Awards and in the Romantic Elements category of the 2011 Australian Romantic Book of the Year Awards. In 2006 she was the ambassador for the Australian Government initiative Books Alive, with her novella Odd One Out. Her new novel, Lola's Secret, was published in October 2011. 

Monica grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley of South Australia and has been living between Australia and Ireland for twenty years. She and her Irish husband currently live in Dublin.

Island of a Thousand Mirrors

By Nayomi Munaweera

RRP $29.99

Before civil war tears the tapestry of Sri Lanka apart, the lives of two young women from two very different families are fatefully linked by one chance encounter.

In Colombo, Yasodhara lives a full life with her Sinhala family, rich in love and everything she could ask for, though shaped subtly by social hierarchies, her parents' ambitions, and the differences between the Tamil and Sinhala people.

All is well until the family's serene existence is shattered by the outbreak of violence. 


Saraswathi, a Tamil, is living in the active war zone and dreams of becoming a teacher. But her hopes for the future are trampled when she is arrested by a group of Sinhala soldiers and pulled into the heart of a conflict she has tried desperately to avoid. 

A powerful saga that strikes mercilessly at the heart of war, Island of a Thousand Mirrors marks the arrival of a spellbinding new literary talent. 

About the Author


Nayomi Munaweera was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Nigeria. She immigrated to the United States in her early teens and now lives in Oakland, California. Island of a Thousand Mirrors won the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize for the Asian Region, was longlisted for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2013 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. It is her first novel.

Inspiring

Sell Up, Pack Up and Take Off

by Stephen Wyatt and Colleen Ryan

RRP $27.99

Everything you need to know about visas, buying or renting property, living costs, healthcare, tax, insurance and the cost of living for Bali, Thailand, Malaysia, Spain and more... 

Is living in a beautiful, exotic location a completely impossible dream? Not with this sensible and practical guide to the how, why and when of establishing a new life overseas. Whether you're 40-plus and feeling burnt out, or 50-plus and approaching retirement, this is the perfect book for you. Find out how to live an exciting and comfortable but cheaper life overseas - on a long term or trial basis.

Sell Up, Pack Up and Take Off tells you about people who are living the dream in Asia and Europe, making their dollar go further - with better houses, a better social life, more luxury and more adventure.

And you can do it too. In this book you'll discover the pros and cons of the great countries you can live in at a quarter of the cost of Australia; the tricks of buying or renting a house; how to get a visa; and how to manage your health insurance, pension, super and tax.

Now that 60 is the new 40, it's time to get positive and go for it. A better life is yours for the taking. 

About the Author


After more than 20 years in financial journalism, Stephen Wyatt and Colleen Ryan now live near Byron Bay, where they have planted a rainforest, surf, write and run www.planet-boomer.com.

Married with two adult kids, they have packed up and taken off overseas to live several times - in Papua New Guinea, London, Washington DC and, most recently, in Shanghai, where they were the joint China correspondents for the Australian Financial Review from 2004 to 2010.

Both are economists with majors in accounting: Colleen worked as a tax accountant for an international accounting firm in her early career and was later editor of theAustralian Financial Review; Stephen was a banker with Merrill Lynch for 15 years, before turning to journalism. Stephen and Colleen believe their experiences living abroad have enriched both their own lives and those of their children. They are passionate about the benefits of selling up, packing up and taking off at various stages of life, especially retirement.

The Thing About Prague

By Rachel Weiss

RRP $29.99


The bestselling author of Me, Myself & Prague looks for a new life in one of Europe's most beautiful and idiosyncratic cities. A smart and very funny memoir about the highs and lows of trying to establish a life in a place that values beer and potatoes above everything else! 

I'd like to say that my decision to move to Prague permanently was based on something grand and noble - a desire to trace my roots, a sense of adventure, my literary heart yearning to burst into flower in the sweet soil of Old Europe - but I can't. The truth is that I had nothing better to do.

When Rachael Weiss left a good job, Thelma the cat and a normal life in Sydney for the romantic dream of being a writer in Prague she intended to stay forever. She lasted just three years, exasperated by the eccentricities of her ancestral city and the mind-boggling bureaucracy and customs of a country that values beer and potatoes above everything else.

In this surprising and generous memoir full of warmth and unstoppable sociability, Rachael attempts to write her great novel, buy an apartment (any apartment!), dodge unscrupulous employers, and perhaps find love.

She gets lost in the woods with a Kyrgyzstani software engineer who wants to eat humans, finds herself leading services at the Spanish synagogue with no real idea of what she was doing and spends long nights drinking beer with a colourful cast of crazy, warm and slightly mad locals and expats.


Rich in absurdities and gentle humour, The Thing About Pragueis rife with insight, culture clashes, friendships and above all charm. 

About the Author

Rachael Weiss is an Australian author, currently living and writing in Dublin. Apart from her first two books, Are We There Yet? and Me, Myself and Prague, her greatest achievement to date is her fourth place in the 1996 New South Wales Scrabble tournament. She is currently working on her fourth book.

Dress, Memory

By Lorelei Vashti

RRP $27.99

A charming coming-of-age memoir in which every dress tells a story. 

As we grow older, how do we know what to let go of and what to keep?

Lorelei started collecting dresses in her twenties and found that every time she wore one it became more significant to her. From falling in love for the first time to playing in a band, from starting a career to moving overseas, every dress soon had a memory stitched into it, and she became as attached to each one as if they were the events and people themselves.

But what happens when the wardrobe gets full? Should you let go of the dresses you've outgrown, or try to hold on to them forever?

Dress, Memory is about a decade in dresses. Perceptive and poignant, humorous and heartwarming, it's the story of growing up and growing into yourself. It's about trying things on until you find the perfect fit. 

Read Caroline Baum's Review

This is a genuinely charming memoir from inside a wardrobe. Using favourite vintage dresses as her theme, the author tries on identities, love affairs, cities and career aspirations through her twenties. Part boho, part career girl, part punk, part romantic, she twirls in front of the mirror in a parade of little frocks, self-absorbed, insecure, dreamy and ambitious. Her writing style is likeably effervescent with a touch of the ingénue but without being annoyingly gushy as she wanders the world searching for herself. 

About the Author


Lorelei Vashti is a Melbourne-based writer and editor. She is a contributor to the popular 'Women of Letters' series, has written for and been profiled in many magazines, and used to write a television column for the Fairfax press. Her blog is called 'Dress, Memory'.

Buddhism for Couples

By Sarah Napthali

RRP $27.99


A practical self-help guide for couples from the author of the bestselling, internationally acclaimed Buddhism for Mothers series. 

Every now and then - not very often - we meet a woman who has mastered the art of being in a couple, who has managed to keep the flame alive long after the honeymoon period and well into the trials of parenting.

Sarah Napthali is 
not one of these women but is happy for readers to learn from her mistakes. With her trademark emphasis on self-compassion, she explains how she has applied Buddhist teachings to patch things up, hold things together and even, on good days, scale the heights of relationship happiness. Written for both men and women, Buddhism for Couples tackles the loaded subjects of housework, anger, sex, conflict and infidelity, before introducing Buddhist strategies that can enrich a relationship.

Applying Buddhist teachings can improve our relationship by guiding us to delve more deeply into our psyches. Through mindfulness and ever-growing self-awareness, the teachings help us to become more familiar with the workings of our minds and bodies, more aware of our thoughts and beliefs, so that we can see our behaviours with more clarity. Alongside Buddhist teachings, Sarah explores the latest psychological research on relationships and discovers numerous overlaps.

Humorous and informative, Buddhism for Couples provides a fresh approach to living as a couple, persuading us to leave behind stale, habitual ways of relating that don't seem to work. 

About the Author


In a couple relationship for almost twenty years, Sarah Napthali is the mother of two teenage boys and a long-term practitioner of Buddhist teachings. She is the author of several parenting titles, including the bestselling Buddhism for Mothers, which has been translated into ten languages to date.

Healing eczema from the inside out


by Karen Fischer
RRP $29.95

For many people, driven to their wits-end by the incessant itch of eczema and exhausted by futile rounds of medications and doctors visits, Karen Fisher's ground-breaking The Eczema Diet has offered life-changing relief.
Inspired initially by her success in treating her own daughter's eczema, Karen set out to develop the first diet designed to correct the underlying causes of eczema so you can gradually go back to a normal diet and remain eczema-free.
For the last ten years Karen has treated eczema patients of all ages. The results were in: The Eczema Diet works. In this, the second edition of her bestselling book, Karen brings you the results of her years of research and shares her tried-and-tested solutions for this heart-breaking condition.
Karen enjoyed tremendous success with her own daughter, Avya, with the diet relieving her agonising symptoms. Even better Avya was gradually able to expand her diet until eventually she could eat all foods, and even swim in chlorinated pools and pat her cat without her eczema returning.
This success has been repeated again and again, with countless people around the world benefiting from Karen's passionate pursuit of sustainable and lasting relief through a nutritional solution. Now, refined and fine-tuned by the learnings of the case studies of those she has helped, the new updated edition of this highly-popular book has just been released just in time for Eczema Awareness Week September 8-14
The Eczema Diet 2nd Edition is a diet designed to correct the underlying causes of eczema, unique in that sufferers can gradually revert back to a normal diet and still remain eczema-free.
You'll also find: 
  • a fast-track detox for adults 
  • skin care + non-diet information 
  • effective dandruff + cradle cap remedies 
  • emergency itch-busters 
  • how to prevent salicylate sensitivity 
  • menus for the entire family, including lunch boxes + party food 
  • delicious recipes 
Whether you have a mild patch of dermatitis or you're enduring chronic eczema from head to toe, The Eczema Diet shows you how to create beautiful skin for life. Tried and tested the comprehensive programme covers all eczema conditions and features separate programs catering for all age groups, including babies.

About the Author

Karen Fischer is a nutritionist and a member of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS). She has a Bachelor of Health Science Degree (BHSc) from the University of New England and a nutrition diploma (Dip. Nut.). In 2008, Karen's bestselling book The Healthy Skin Diet won 'Best Health, Nutrition or Specific Diet Book' at the prestigious Australian Food Media Awards. In private practice, Karen's patients are almost exclusively babies, children and adults suffering with eczema. For more than a decade, Karen has used the Eczema Diet to help her patients become eczema-free. Karen is frequently a guest nutritionist on Australian television, and has written health articles for Australian, New Zealand and UK publications. Her other books include Healthy Family, Happy Family and Younger Skin 28 Days.
If you would like to see a copy of The Eczema Diet 2nd Edition, with a view to reviewing, extracting or interviewing Karen, who is based in Sydney, please get in touch.

Lorde: Your Heroine

by Marc Shapiro

RRP $19.99


The unauthorised biography of the New Zealand teen superstar Lorde, by a New York Times bestselling author. 

New Zealander newcomer Lorde released her debut album, Pure Heroine, in September 2013. It reached the top of the albums charts, and the lead single 'Royals' won two Grammy Awards in 2014.

Lorde is a performer with a style that's both haunting and enticing, and she's as famous for her frankness and intelligence as she is for her unique and powerfully intriguing sound. Called the voice of her generation, Lorde's achievements are all the more amazing because of her young age.

Signed by Universal at the age of thirteen, she's wowed the world with her vocal prowess and captivating stage presence, and her songs have won awards around the world -- all by the age of seventeen. 

About the Author


Marc Shapiro is the New York Times bestselling author of J.K. Rowling: The Wizard behind Harry PotterJustin Bieber: The Fever! and many other bestselling celebrity biographies.

He has been a freelance entertainment journalist for more than twenty-five years, covering film, television and music for a number of national and international newspapers and magazines.

Doctor's Dream

by Tanya Burke and Dr Buddhi Lokuge

RRP $32.99

When Dr Buddhi Lokuge embarked on a $5 million program to eradicate an infectious and debilitating disease, he soon realised the entire program was unworkable. By listening to community elders, he discovered a better way forward, and new hope for children and their communities. An inspiring David and Goliath story from Australia's Top End. 

When Dr Buddhi moved to Arnhem Land to run a health program for Aboriginal children, he had no idea he would face the challenge of his life. 

Six months into running the $5 million dollar program he realised it was going to fail, and that's when the trouble began. In the face of powerful opposition from high profile experts, he listened to the elders and took the slow road. Through painstaking observation and working in partnership with patients and the community, together they found a way to overcome a neglected disease as debilitating and stigmatised as leprosy. 

This is a powerful story of redemption, and an honest and inspiring account of a family living and working in remote Aboriginal Australia to give voice to forgotten people. 

'Could not put it down. It is one of the best things I've read in years in this area, full of profound insights encapsulated in a great story.' - Professor Peter Drahos, Australian National University 

About the Author


Dr BUDDHI LOKUGE is a public health physician who has worked in Afghanistan, Africa and the US for Medecins Sans Frontiers, and in northern Australia with EveryVoiceCounts. 

TANYA BURKE is co- founder of EveryVoiceCounts and developer of the Wise Child program.

Princess

More Tears to Cry

By Jean Sasson

RRP $35.00


Offering fascinating stories of triumphs and heartbreak, this long-awaiting new book by Jean Sasson and Saudi Princess 'Sultana', reveals what it means to be a Saudi woman today. 

When Jean Sasson's book Princess: Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia was published, it became an immediate international bestseller. It sold to 43 countries and spent 13 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. Now, in this long-awaited, compelling new book, Sasson and the Princess ‘Sultana' return to tell the world what it means to be a Saudi woman today. 

Through advances in education and with access to work, Saudi women are breaking through the barriers; they are becoming doctors, social workers, business owners and are even managing to push at the boundaries of public life. Major steps forward have, undoubtedly, been made. 

But this is not the whole story. Sadly, despite changes in the law, all too often legal loopholes leave women exposed to terrible suppression, abuse and crimes of psychological and physical violence. For many, the struggle for basic human rights continues. 

This fascinating insight will include personal stories of triumph and heartbreak, as told to Princess 'Sultana', her eldest daughter, and author Jean Sasson. Each of these stories will offer the reader a glimpse into different aspects of Saudi society, including the lives of the Princess, her daughter and other members of the Al-Saud Royal family. 

About the Author


Jean Sasson has spent her career sharing the personal stories of courageous Middle Eastern women.Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia, an international bestseller, has become a classic. Princess More Tears to Cry is Jean's 12th book.

The Bush

Travels in the heart of Australia

by Don Watson

RRP $45.00

Don Watson, author of the acclaimed Recollections of a Bleeding Heart and Death Sentence, on the sprawling, diverse, indefinable land we call bush. A milestone work of history, memoir and cultural critique. 

The bush: in Australia no word resounds like it, and none is harder to define. Far from a conventional history of it, this is an idiosyncratic, highly original and insightful journey through Australian landscape, history and culture. Don Watson sees the bush in a way that neither romanticises nor decries it, evoking the heroic labour of the white farmers as well as the cost of that labour – on the Aboriginal inhabitants, on the land, on the farmers themselves.

Most powerfully, he probes our legends, from the axeman to the swagman to the grazier, looking deep into the stories we like to tell and those we've avoided telling, in history, literature, art, in the national myth and political debate.

The Bush is intelligent, warm, witty; it's full of fascinating anecdote, beautifully written, addictively readable. Its view is at once vastly informed and intensely personal. Don Watson is of the bush himself, having grown up on a dairy farm in South Gippsland. This book is part memoir, part travel document, his meanderings through Australia acting as a springboard for comment in much the same way as his rail travel did in American Journeys.

No one who reads The Bush will afterwards look at this country in quite the same way. 

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Like the very best ideas, this seems so obvious. A journey through the Australian bush sounds almost prosaic. And in the hands of someone less able, this could have been a dull and earnest exercise. But making it non-linear and choosing instead an episodic, impressionistic collection of thoughtful, discursive essays, which meander across the country without an obvious map, gives it air and light.

Oh to write like Don Watson! His prose is deceptively modest. He is a master of unadorned writing, straight as fence posts, dry as leaves. Yet like the best soil, it contains hidden riches. Everything is here: the flora and fauna (eating koala is never going to be a gourmet option, thank goodness), the people, their history, conflicts, sorrows, and mistakes. The bush burning, the bush recovering. The plagues, the misunderstandings between country and city, the Aboriginal perspective, he embraces it all, examines it all, drawing threads together and making surprising comparisons: farming, he writes, is like playing the piano, a learned violence. 

Despite his big city career as a speechwriter to Paul Keating, being a boy from the bush himself, Watson has endless empathy and understanding for those who make a living on the land. But he is always unsentimental. He is humorous about farmers' foibles, follies, language and attitudes but he also identifies with them. His research is worn lightly, information scattered here and there. Understatement is his secret weapon and he deploys it to great effect.

In one staggering and memorable aside Watson says the bush that we see now is mostly dead and bears no resemblance to how it looked a century and a half ago. Reading this is both an act of mourning and of resuscitation. 

About the Author


Don Watson's Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: Paul Keating Prime Minister, won the Age Book of the Year and Non-Fiction Prizes, the Brisbane Courier Mail Book of the Year, the National Biography Award and the Australian Literary Studies Association's Book of the Year. His Quarterly Essay, Rabbit Syndrome : Australia and America won the Alfred Deakin Essay Prize. Death Sentence, his best-selling book about the decay of public language won the Australian Booksellers Association Book of the Year 2003. Watson's Dictionary of Weason Words, another best-seller, was published in 2004. His most recent book American Journeys won the Age Non-Fiction and Book of the Year Awards in 2008. It also won the inaugural Indie Award for Non-Fiction and the Walkley Award for Non-Fiction.

Home, Health and Wealth

How to Speak Money

by John Lanchester

RRP $29.99


The biggest problem for outsiders in the world of economics is that most of the time, we don't know what the hell the insiders are talking about. To know that, you have to understand the words they're using. The language of economic elites can be complex, jargon-filled and completely baffling.

But if we don't know what they're talking about, we're making our decisions at the ballot box on insufficient information. We all need to be able to speak money because if we can't, then the people who can will write their own rules.

Their preference is for no rules at all. We've given that approach a try, and we can testify to the fact that it doesn't work.


In How to Speak Money, John Lanchester explains everything from high-frequency trading to the difference between bullshit and nonsense. This is a primer, a polemic and a reference book you'll find yourself reading in one sitting. It blows open the world of finance and arms you with knowledge, ready for the moment they try to sell us the Next Big Thing.

About the Author


John Lanchester is contributing editor of the London Review of Books, and a regular contributor to the New Yorker. He has written four novels, The Debt to Pleasure, Mr Phillips and Fragrant Harbour, and Capital, and two works of nonfiction: Family Romance, a memoir; and Whoops: Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay, about the global financial crisis.

His books have won the Hawthornden Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Prize, E.M Forster Award, and the Premi Llibreter, and been longlisted for the Booker Prize.

Fast Beach Diet

By Mini Spencer

RRP $17.99


From the author of the bestselling 5:2 Fast Diet and Fast Diet Recipe Book - Mimi Spencer presents the super-fast 6-week programme to kickstart your Fast Diet for summer. 

Based on the original, bestselling Fast Diet, this modified approach will take you off cruise control and give your 5:2 lifestyle a summer-time turbo boost.

The Fast Beach Diet includes:

- A clear six-week plan to encourage fat loss of up to 1kg per week

- New tips and tricks to get you through your Fast Days

- Plateau-busting ideas to jumpstart the 5:2

- A brilliant new HIT exercise programme to maximise your fitness and fat loss - in just five minutes a day

- 25 new calorie-counted summer recipes, and plenty of healthy speed cooking ideas for busy days

With detailed meal plans and extra motivational support, this book will get you beach-fit for 2014. Think of it as a boot camp for the 5:2. For six weeks only. 

About the Author


Mimi Spencer is a journalist and author. A feature-writer and columnist for titles including the Mail, the Evening Standard, the Guardian, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, Observer Food Monthly and Waitrose Food Illustrated. She is the author of 101 Things To Do Before You Diet (Transworld 2010).

Garden Life

by Richard Unsworth

RRP $49.99



Garden Life is a gardening book with soul, in which Richard Unsworth, leading landscape designer and co-owner of renowned outdoor store, Garden Life, shares his boundless enthusiasm for all things green.

This book showcases to-die-for gardens Richard has designed - from the grounds of a harbourside mansion to inner-city courtyard, from coastal retreat to suburban backyard - each one displaying his unique flair and flawless vision. He gives expert tips on incorporating features from his gardens into your own, and detailed advice on plant selection, including growing your own fruit and vegies. Equally passionate about the power of gardening to help us connect with one another, Richard also shares the garden journeys of the people he has met along the way.

A celebration of nature and her gifts, and of the joys and challenges of creating a beautiful garden, Garden Life will inspire and empower you to engage with your own outdoor space. 

About the Author

Richard Unsworth is a leading garden designer and is Garden Editor and a contributing writer for Belle magazine. He also the owner of Sydney's iconic outdoor store, Garden Life. Having grown up surrounded by nature in the north of England, Richard inherited a love of gardening from his parents.

After he moved to Sydney he furthered his love of urban horticulture with formal study, and started his first business, Apartment Garden Living, focusing on inner-city garden design. In 2001 he opened his first store, Garden Life , in Sydney's Darlinghurst, where he widened his design practice to work in larger spaces both in the city and further afield. In 2008 Garden Life moved to larger premises in Redfern.

Richard's love of travel and adventure takes him to places far and wide to find inspiration as he discovers new and old wares. Garden Life is a celebration of natural, unique and contemporary pieces and plants sourced both globally and locally. In addition to running the business, Richard is a founding member of the James Street Reserve Community Garden, located in the lane behind the Garden Life store.

Dig Deeper

By Meredith Kirkton

RRP $69.99


This comprehensive and practical guide is the definitive gardening manual for the seasonal gardener.

Dig Deeper is the definitive gardening manual for the modern gardener. Guiding you through the seasons, each chapter is divided into four parts: annuals, perennials and bulbs; grasses, groundcovers and climbers; shrubs and trees; and herbs, fruit and vegetables.

Containing step-by-step projects, feature plants, and advice and information on everything from the more unusual cultivars and creating heirloom crops to using grey water and groundcovers to beat soil erosion, 
Dig Deeper provides answers for all your garden and plant-related queries. 

About the Author

Over the past 25 years Meredith Kirton has demonstrated her lifelong commitment to gardening and horticulture in a varied career that has included writing, teaching, consulting, retail, guiding garden tours and designing as well as speaking at various events across Australia.

She has published several books on gardening as well as appearing on television and writing regular columns for Australia's best-known gardening magazines.

Easy Luxury 

by Darren Palmer

RRP $39.99



Insider tips on creating a luxuriously comfortable home from Darren Palmer.

Easy Luxury is a sourcebook of stylish and achievable ways to create a luxury look in your home - on a budget. Lavishly illustrated with photographs of Darren's own interior design projects, ranging from apartments to larger family homes, it provides key styling ideas that will help you get the most out of a space and create a big impact for a realistic investment of time, energy and money.

Whether you are styling a new home, getting a property ready to sell, or simply redecorating, 
Easy Luxuryprovides budget-conscious design tips and solutions for creating a home that encompasses a luxe, designer aesthetic while still embodying comfort. The book moves from large-scale practicalities and planning through to the elements of design, and takes a detailed look at styling room by room (and the goals, opportunities and potential pitfalls involved). 

About the Author


A designer, writer and speaker known for his stylish and classic interior designs, Darren Palmer is an established and well-regarded member of the Australian design community.

Darren operates his own interior design studio and has contributed to Belle, GQ Australia, Luxury Home Design, Renovate, Real Living and Grand Designs Australia Magazine. Darren appears as a judge on Channel 9's successful television franchise 
The Block.

Delicious Food

Venice

Cult recipes

By Laura Zavan, Gregoire Kalt (Photographer)

RRP $49.99

Capturing the essence of Venice and its food with over 100 recipes so you can experience Venice in your own home. 

Capturing the essence of Venice and its food, this is a book to dream over as well as to cook from. Black cuttlefish risotto, grilled squid, fancy antipasti, delicious Venetian sweets and ice creams-here are 100 recipes that conjure up the real Venice.

There are recipes for fish, chicken, antipasti, ravioli, gnocchi, risotto, soups, snacks, polenta and desserts. There are also recipes for Venetian drinks, including the internationally renowned bellini, the perfect blend of white peach juice with sparkling prosecco, invented by Giuseppe Cipriani in 1930 at Harry's Bar in Venice, and synonymous with the sparkling city.

Author Laura Zavin shares her knowledge of Venetian food and its history generously, and includes commentary and maps for five guided walks around Venice that stop off at cafes, restaurants, food markets and wine cellars. So if you're lucky enough to find yourself in Venice, you can experience authentic Venetian food and wine first-hand. 

About the Author


Food writer Laura Zavin was born in Treviso, near Venice, and her earliest childhood food memories originate there. She has written several books including Little Italy(published by Murdoch Books). She has a food blog (of course!), runs cooking classes and writes for a variety of magazines and newspapers.

Food Bistronomy

French Food Unbound

By Katrina Meynink

RRP $49.99


The Bistronomy movement is led by young chefs who are creating clever food without the stuffiness of high end restaurants, this book brings the best of Bistronomy together, with numerous Australian up and coming chefs. 

The new wave of cuisine represented by the bistronomy movement is led by young chefs who create phenomenally clever food without the pomp and circumstance of high-end restaurants. This is haute cuisine for the people -- served in convivial surrounds, where food and community, rather than the thread count of the tablecloth, are what matters.

Through recipes and accompanying narrative, this energy-filled book cpatures the vital elements of bistronomy: the democratic spirit of generous, affordable hospitality, together with the imaginative reworking of classic fare built on quality ingredients and technique. Bistronomy is premised on sharing, and author Katrina Meynink embraces that concept by offering more than 100 recipes generously contributed by thirty Australian and international chefs. 

About the Author


Katrina Meynink is an Australian freelance food writer and author whose first book, Kitchen Coquette, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2011. Katrina's food writing includes a weekly column for Daily Life, providing recipe features and interviews with chefs and other food personalities. She has received numerous grants and scholarships from some of the world's most renowned culinary institutions; most recently she was awarded the Julia Child Grant for Independent Study via the Culinary Trust, USA.

Utterly Delicious Simple Food

by Belinda Jeffery

RRP $49.99


Belinda Jeffery's instinctive cooking style responds to the seasons. With this in mind she has divided her latest cookbook into recipes to suit the time of year.

During the long, hot days of summer, savour the delicacy of tea-smoked salmon glazed with wasabi butter. In the cooler months, spend a cosy afternoon in the kitchen, making slow-cooked Turkish lamb with prunes, saffron and cinnamon or a pot of Boston baked beans.

For those in-between days, be tempted by pork and water chestnut burgers with sesame bok choy, or a warm lentil salad with beetroot, fennel and goat's cheese. And just about everyone can squeeze in a little something sweet at the end of a meal, making a slice of chocolate crackle and caramel ice-cream loaf or butterscotch pears with almond praline hard to resist.


In this wonderful new collection, Belinda offers all the culinary inspiration you will need to see the year through.

About the Author


Belinda Jeffery's books include Belinda Jeffery's Collected Recipes (a compilation of her first two books, Belinda Jeffery's 100 Favourite Recipes and Belinda Jeffery's Tried-and-True Recipes), Mix and Bake, The Country Cookbook (all about living and cooking in the Byron area), and Desserts the season, Belinda offers all the culinary inspiration you will need to see the year through in this wonderful new collection.

Movida Solera

by Frank Camorra and Richard Cornish

RRP $59.99

Journey with Frank Camorra through sun-drenched Andalusia: a landscape of ancient cities, white villages nestled into steep mountains, and plains planted with olive groves and vineyards. Take in colourful spring festivals and lively markets, then venture into the rugged high sierras and the stone-lined bodegas of the sherry triangle.

At the southern edge of Europe, this is a place where cultures and cuisines mingle. Seafood abounds in the rich waters off the Atlantic Coast, while in the oak-covered mountains, Iberico pigs graze on acorns to produce the finest jamon, and game is plentiful.

Vegetables are harvested from ancient gardens irrigated by channels built by the Arabs, who also left a legacy of Moorish spices and sweet treats.

Returning to his family's home region, along the way Frank gathers authentic recipes from food and wine producers, chefs, cooks and housewives.

From an olive picker's breakfast and cuttlefish in saffron sauce to the smoky skewers known as pinchitos morunos and drunken monks' cake, MoVida Solera is a celebration of Andalusian food and culture. 

About the Author


Frank Camorra is chef and owner of the acclaimed MoVida restaurants in Melbourne and Sydney. Born in Barcelona, he grew up in Australia before a trip to his birthplace in 2000 inspired him to share his love of Spanish food. And so his stable of critically acclaimed and much-loved tapas bars and restaurants was born.

Hidden down a gritty and graffiti-ed Melbourne laneway, MoVida was an instant hit, leading to MoVida Next Door and MoVida Aqui. Then came MoVida Sydney, along with venues at Melbourne and Sydney airports. Frank has co-authored four previous books, MoVida, MoVida Rustica, MoVida Cocina and MoVida's Guide to Barcelona.

Jamie's Comfort Food

by Jamie Oliver

RRP $55.00


Jamie’s new cookbook brings together 100 ultimate comfort food recipes from around the world. It’s all about the dishes that are close to your heart, that put a smile on your face and make you feel happy, loved, safe and secure. Inspired by everything from childhood memories to the changing of the seasons, and taking into account the guilty pleasures and sweet indulgences that everyone enjoys, it’s brimming with exciting recipes you’ll fall in love with. 

Jamie’s Comfort Food is all about the food you really want to eat, made exactly how you like it. With this in mind, the book features ultimate versions of all-time favourites, and also introduces cherished dishes from countries around the world, providing a delicious recipe for every occasion. This isn’t everyday cooking – this is about weekends, holidays, celebrations and occasions. Whether you’re home alone, or sharing the love with a big group of family or friends, there really is something for everyone. 

Celebrating the beauty of good food is at the heart of this book, and it’s jam-packed with incredible photography. Written in Jamie’s usual down-to-earth and easy-to-understand style, the methods are precise and have been tested to the hilt, so are guaranteed to work, but this time Jamie has turned the edit filter off, and shares extra hints, tips and ideas throughout to ensure you achieve the best possible results. This is about making food the very best it can be, and embracing the rituals of cooking. 

Recipes include everything from mighty moussaka, delicate gyoza with crispy wings, steaming ramen and katsu curry to super eggs Benedict, scrumptious sticky toffee pudding and tutti frutti pear tarte tatin. 

Treat yourself, and your loved ones, with Jamie’s Comfort Food

About the Author


Jamie Oliver started cooking at his parent's pub, The Cricketers, in Clavering, Essex, at the age of eight and has since worked with some of the world's top chefs. He is now running Fifteen - one of the best restaurants in London and the subject of the television series Jamie's Kitchen. 

Jamie has written for The Times, as well as for GQ and Marie Claire magazines. He currently writes for Delicious magazine in the UK and Australia.

He also started, and continues to be involved with the Fifteen Foundation, which provides training and mentoring for disadvantaged young people - allowing them to follow their dreams and become chefs. 

Jamie lives in London with his wife, Jools, and their four children.

Something for the Kids

Alice-Miranda at Camp

By Jacquelaine Harvey

RRP $15.99


This school camp is full of secrets and surprises! 

An exciting announcement has been made and Alice-Miranda and her schoolmates are going on camp. There are sleep outs, treasure hunts and so many other activities to look forward to! However, it's not all fun and games. Alice-Miranda and Millie will need to keep a close eye on Caprice, the school's newest student, who seems determined to cause trouble. 

Next door to the camp is Pelham Park, where Alice-Miranda's father, Hugh, grew up. These days, Hugh's beautiful old house serves as a retirement home but when some startling objects are uncovered in its cellar, the peaceful estate is turned upside down. With help from a much-loved relative, Alice-Miranda sets out to investigate. 

About the Author


Jacqueline Harvey has spent her working life teaching in girls' boarding schools. She is the author of the bestselling Alice-Miranda series and was awarded Honour Book in the 2006 Australia CBC Awards for her picture book, The Sound of the Sea. She is currently working on more Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose adventures.


Alice-Miranda 2015 Diary

By Jacqueline Harvey

RRP $17.99


A beautiful 2015 diary, perfect for fans of the bestselling Alice-Miranda series! Every Alice-Miranda fan will be super-organised in 2015 with this gorgeous diary filled with inspiring quotes, pretty illustrations and wonderful extras.

Learn how to draw Alice-Miranda, cook like Mrs Oliver and find out which Alice-Miranda character would be your best friend!

This school camp is full of secrets and surprises! 


An exciting announcement has been made and Alice-Miranda and her schoolmates are going on camp. There are sleep outs, treasure hunts and so many other activities to look forward to! However, it's not all fun and games. Alice-Miranda and Millie will need to keep a close eye on Caprice, the school's newest student, who seems determined to cause trouble. 

Next door to the camp is Pelham Park, where Alice-Miranda's father, Hugh, grew up. These days, Hugh's beautiful old house serves as a retirement home but when some startling objects are uncovered in its cellar, the peaceful estate is turned upside down. With help from a much-loved relative, Alice-Miranda sets out to investigate. 

About the Author

Jacqueline Harvey has spent her working life teaching in girls' boarding schools. She is the author of the bestselling Alice-Miranda series and was awarded Honour Book in the 2006 Australia CBC Awards for her picture book, The Sound of the Sea. She is currently working on more Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose adventures.

Magisterium - The Iron Trial

By Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

RRP $22.99


From the imaginations of bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a heart-stopping plunge into the magical unknown.

Think you know magic? 

Think again.

The Magisterium awaits . . .

Most people would do anything to get into the Magisterium and pass the Iron Trial.

Not Callum Hunt.

Call has been told his whole life that he should never trust a magician. And so he tries his best to do his worst – but fails at failing.

Now he must enter the Magisterium. 

It's a place that's both sensational and sinister. And Call realizes it has dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

The Iron Trial is just the beginning. Call's biggest test is still to come . . . 

About the Authors


Holly Black is the co-creator of the New York Times bestselling series The Spiderwick Chronicles and has written many other contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children. Her first book, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, was published in 2002 and was named a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association. She won the Andre Norton Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature for Valiant, which was also a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award for Young Readers. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library. 

Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Mortal Instruments series, The Infernal Devices trilogy, and The Bane Chronicles. Her books have more than 30 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts.

Nightmares

by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

RRP $16.99


A spooky and exciting new adventure series from Hollywood movie star Jason Segel.

Eleven-year-old Charlie Laird is desperate for a good night's sleep - or even just a nap. 

Ever since he moved into his stepmother's mysterious purple mansion, Charlie's life has become a living nightmare. 

A terrifying witch haunts every second of his sleep and now the dread that fills his dreams is creeping into the waking world. 

As President Fear and his fellow Nightmares feed off the unease that is spreading rapidly across the town, the Nightmare world threatens to take over. 

Only by finding the courage to face their deepest, darkest fears can Charlie and his friends conquer the creatures of the night and save the day. 

About the Authors


Jason Segel used to have nightmares just like Charlie, and just like Charlie, he's learned that the things we're most afraid of are the things that can make us strong...if we're brave enough to face them. Jason likes acting, writing, making music, and hanging out with his friends. Sometimes he writes movies. Sometimes he writes songs for movies. Sometimes he stars in those movies and sings those songs. You might know him from The Muppets and Despicable Me. Your parents might know him from other stuff. Nightmares! is his first novel. 

Kirsten Miller grew up in a small town just like Cyprus Creek, minus the purple mansion. She lives and writes in New York City. Kirsten is the author of the acclaimed Kiki Strike books and the Eternal Ones series.

The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and the Present

By Libby Gleeson, illustrated by Freya Blackwood

RRP $16.99


Meet Cleo, a little girl with a big imagination - a memorable character created by children's book legends Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood. 

Cleo desperately wants a necklace. Her parents say special presents are only for birthdays...but Cleo doesn't want to wait. In the second story, it's her mum's birthday and Cleo doesn't know what to give her - until she has the best idea of all.

Delightful, warm and irresistible, these stories show how a little girl with a big imagination can always find a way to have fun.

Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood have collaborated on a number of much-loved and award-winning picture books, including Amy and Louis and Clancy and Millie and the Very Fine House

About the Author


LIBBY GLEESON AM has published over 30 popular, highly acclaimed books for children and teenagers, been shortlisted for 13 CBCA Awards, and won three. Libby has been a teacher and lecturer and contributes regularly to national conferences. She chaired the Australian Society of Authors from 1999-2001, and in 2007 was awarded membership to the Order of Australia. She won the 2011 Dromkeen Medal, awarded for contributions to children's literature.

FREYA BLACKWOOD grew up in Orange, NSW. The daughter of a painter and an architect, she began drawing at a young age. She produced many illustrated books at school, but completed a design degree and became interested in filmmaking. She worked for several years in the special effects industry in Sydney and Wellington, NZ, before eventually returning to illustration. In 2010, Freya won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for Harry and Hopper.

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About the Books

Just as with any magazine's regular book reviews, many of the books featured in our book reviews are provided to us from a range of publishers while others have come from my personal library.

I try to choose books I think you, my reader, will enjoy but as the She Inspires reader has her own tastes and times for reading, I try to include a range of topics that you'll want to read or find that perfect book gift idea - what better present is there than a book?

If there are types of books that you'd love to see more of in our reviews then please let me know because I do find it a tad challenging sometimes making sure I am picking out books outside of my own favourite categories! Who would have thought?

So what happens with the books after we've reviewed them? If we're running an event they'll go in the goodie bags, otherwise some are given to the smaller country libraries on my regional trips, some to kids reading programs while others are passed around with friends and families - what matters is the sharing of them.

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